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A bill restricting the use of a certain class of insecticide will have a formal hearing Monday afternoon in the Oregon legislature.  KLCC’s Brian Bull has more.  

Recorded on: March 17, 2017

Air Date: March 20, 2017

Guest Speakers:

Rachael McDonald

Petroleum industry groups have joined the Trump Administration in seeking appeal of a climate change lawsuit that’s set to go to trial next fall. The suit was brought against the federal government by 21 youth plaintiffs.

America’s energy future is often cast as a battle that pits fossil fuels such as coal and gas against wind, solar and other renewable energy sources. But in the Pacific Northwest, we've already slashed greenhouse gas emissions -- and saved big bucks -- with a clean energy source that often doesn't even get mentioned in policy debates.

Recorded on: February 17, 2017

Air Date: February 20, 2017

Speaker: Frank Lawson, General Manager, Eugene Water & Electric Board

Coordinator:  Sandra Bishop

Oregon Department of Forestry

Two new members of Oregon’s State Land Board voted Tuesday to move forward with the controversial sale of the Elliott State Forest – despite opposition from Gov. Kate Brown. 

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Restrictions on Dungeness crab harvesting along the Central Oregon Coast have been lifted by state officials.  

Rachael McDonald

The lawsuit brought by 21 youth plaintiffs against the federal government over climate change could go to trial this summer. [Today,] Tuesday, Eugene Federal Magistrate Judge Thomas Coffin met with attorneys in a pre-trial conference. The courtroom was packed with local climate activists.

Recorded on: Feb. 3, 2017

Air date: Feb. 6, 2017

Coordinator: Sandy Ericscon

Great cities have great parks and recreation systems and Eugene is home to some of the most impressive and treasured parks in all of Oregon. The benefits to our citizens include healthy opportunities for active lifestyles, personal growth in addition to a socially connected community with a prosperous economy and a diverse and healthy natural ecosystem.

Rachael McDonald

Eugene is a little closer to its goal of completing the Ridgeline Trail. This week Lane County Commissioners voted to sell the city a small parcel of land along east 30th Avenue.

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Sea urchins, ice cream and salsa don't have much in common, except that they're edible. But, they're also all harvested, grown or made in Oregon. This Monday at Lane Community College, the Local Food Connection brings community members, business owners and farmers together for a day of workshops and networking.

This is the conference's 11th year and event coordinator Jared Pruch says every time, attendees look forward to meeting other people who work in food-related fields that rarely overlap, like fishermen and ranchers.

Brian Bull / KLCC

A winter storm watch is expected to hit the Eugene area tomorrow morning. 

Oregon Earthquake Anniversary Prompts Preparedness

Jan 26, 2017
Oregon Office of Emergency Management

Thursday (1/26) marks 317 years since the last recorded Cascadia Quake. As KLCC’s Franziska Monahan reports, the date is being honored with emergency preparedness reminders and new legislation.

Recorded on: January 13, 2017

Air Date: January 16, 2017

Coordinator: Sandy Ericson

Speaker: Matt Rodrigues, P.E., ENV SP: AIC Traffic Engineer
Public Works Maintenance, City of Eugene

Lane Regional Air Protection Agency

Wood smoke from fireplaces and stoves is contributing to elevated levels of air pollution in Oakridge and Eugene/Springfield. The Lane Regional Air Protection Agency (LRAPA) warns residents that a smoke ban could be triggered.

Brian Bull, KLCC

The first catch of the 2017 Oregon Dungeness crab season has arrived in Eugene.  As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, it’s a welcome sight for seafood proprietors and customers alike.

Rachael McDonald

The frigid temperatures will stick around the Willamette Valley through Saturday according to the National Weather Service.

Rachael McDonald / KLCC

Heavy snowfall has caused many closures across the Southern Willamette Valley and surrounding region.  This is in addition to below freezing temps in the evenings.  

Rachael McDonald

The New Year will bring a prolonged cold snap to Oregon and Washington. We could even see a little snow in the valleys.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

If you're wandering the beaches this winter, there's something else to watch for besides incoming tides: sea turtles.

Next Step Recycling

After all your holiday gifts have been opened and the tree is starting to droop, its time to consider what to do with the debris of the season.

Brian Bull / KLCC

Wednesday’s freezing rain encased the region’s trees in a heavy shroud of ice…breaking off many limbs, causing outages and blocking roads.  KLCC’s Brian Bull ventured out along Spencer Butte in South Eugene and recorded some of the explosive sound late last night.

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Overcast skies and above freezing temps near 40 degrees mark today’s Eugene-area weather, according to the National Weather Service.   

Brian Bull / KLCC

Wintry weather will continue to hit the southern Willamette Valley through the rest of the week, according to the National Weather Service.   

Brian Bull / KLCC

By a 4-1 vote, the Lane County Board of Commissioners has tentatively approved an application for a quarry development near Oakridge.  As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, some locals are upset over the project.

  

Dave Busenbark County Park Facebook page

A Parks Master Plan will be presented to the Douglas County Board of Commissioners Wednesday in Roseburg. A conservation group is protesting the plan.

LMManz / CoastWatch

Tides will be higher than usual this week [12/12 – 12/15] on the Oregon coast. A coalition of conservation groups seeks photos of the King Tides to record sea level rise.

Brian Bull / KLCC

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ denial of an easement for the Dakota Access pipeline project has opponents cheering…but some Native American activists say the fight’s not over.  KLCC’s Brian Bull reports from a rally in Eugene.  

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The Eugene, coastal, and Cascades regions will get cold, wet, and slippery…as a wintry mix is forecasted for the later half of the weekend.  KLCC’s Brian Bull reports.

Oregon Department of Transportation

The New Year will bring a one-of–a-kind program that will provide solar energy to Lane County residents who normally would not be able to afford it.

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